Friday, April 14, 2006

 

Arrival

We arrived in Costa Rica yesterday. The American Airlines flight was uneventful (a good thing). The counter check in at Flint Biship Airport was very helpful, we had to ¨gate check¨ one of Karen´s bags due to size limitations on the Embraer (small) jet from Flint to Chicago. The rest of the way all bags were carry on.

Our hostel, Costa Rica Backpacker´s sent a car to meet us at the airport. Francisco was waiting just outside customs. A very nice and informative man. He drove us to the hostel and we were secure in our room by 10:00 pm. The hostel is a large place but it feels more like a small village. Lots of things to do at the hostel plus expert advice on travel within CR. This morning I counted at least 6 tour busses that stopped at the hostel. The popular trips are to white water rafting or canopy tours of the nearby mountain forests. Other busses were headed out to other parts of the country.

The food at CR Backpackers is very good. Their restaurant is open from 7 am to 10 pm, and coffee is available 24 hours a day. They also have a kitchen for those who want to make their own meals. Every night there is a free movie on a projector TV, and there is a pool, internet, hamocks and I am sure there is more.

You can get a map of the area at the desk for walking tours of San Jose, which is what we did today.

I will update with photos soon. We are off to Santa Elena in the early morning.

jb

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